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  • Records indicate that 1,119,292 girls in the United States have been named Susan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1955, when 47,364 people in the U.S. were given the name Susan. Those people are now 67 years old.

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      44 Positive Comments

  • "Susan is my favorite female name. My daughter?s name is Susan Elizabeth. She was born in 1989, and she was always the only Susan in her class. I like names like Susan and Catherine so much better than names like Stormy and Brandy." Jun. 18, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan Therese and although I wasn't overly keen on my name growing up, I have come to appreciate its meaning as I have aged. I am not sure if it will make a comeback with the newer generations, although I am sure some may use it as a middle name as a tribute to family members named Susan. I am 57 years of age now and cannot think of a name that would better suit me! My parents chose my name and I am honoured to have it." Apr. 25, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan is my sister's first name and my daughter's middle name. I love it! My sister is a year older than me. We are Susan and Annette. It sounds nice together. Much better than Annette and Susan. That just doesn't sound right to me." Apr. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan was my father's choice for a baby girl.. I was born in 1959 at the height of this names popularity. I am normally known as Sue... Hate Susie or anything similar... Sounds like a little girl or animal... The REALLY interesting thing is that if my mother had her own way my name would have been Euphemia.... Solid family name but my father refused the very idea..." Jan. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved my name! Being born in 1962, there was always at least 2 or 3 others Susans in my class. I always introduce my self as Susan, but people will then presume to call me Sue, which I hate. Susan is a very elegant, sophisticated name, one of old world charm." Aug. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan and I have never had an issue with it. It?s timeless. Names will go in and out of fashion but certain ?older? names will always be acceptable. I?d rather be a Susan than an Alexa, Madison, Ashley or Brittany any day." Jun. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan is a beautiful name as it is the name of my beautiful gorgeous Goddess, Susan Atkins. Hail Susan!" Jun. 4, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1970 and named Susan Elizabeth after my grandmother Susanna Grace. My mom is "Bonnie Sue" and goes by Bonnie. My dad, brother and sister all call me "Sue" which was my nickname as a child. My best friend calls me "Susie-Q". Once my grandmother died, most of my extended relatives started calling me Susanna after her. In school, I was one of 2 or 3 Susans in my class. I've never worked with another Susan and I can't recall really knowing any in college. I think it's a lovely name -- and all it's variants --- and I fully expect it to make a comeback." Feb. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan (born 1975) and there was only one other girl in my whole school with my name growing up. She was a year younger and whenever I would complain about my name being old and outdated my parents would mention this other (younger) Susan. My response was always yes but she?s the youngest in her family and her parents were still stuck in the 50?s. Love my name now, travel all over the world and there are so many variations of it around the world but it?s also easy for people to pronounce and remember. I hope it makes a comeback, its a strong name and some great women of history have been named Susan." Feb. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter born in 2013 is named Susan after my grandmother and aunt. People always compliment her name." Oct. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Susan born in 1971. My grandmother named me, because she was not allowed to name my mom, her only daughter, Susan. When I meet a Susan they are usually older than me by 5-15 years. I was one of the only Susan's in my class and school growing up. I have rarely worked with Susan's. My husband's sister has the exact name as me...Susan Ann. I currently, for only the second time in my life, work with a Susan. I would love to see the name Susan come back in popularity, like Lucy has come back." Oct. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter, 2 years old, born in 2013, is named susan olivia. She is named after her fraternal grandma and I love it! We get a compliment on her name every time we tell someone. So glad I chose it for our beautiful little girl" Mar. 19, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Susan, never Sue or Susie. I like my name. Men think it's sexy and it is a pleasant name." Feb. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 73 and my name is Susan and I was the only Susan thru my school years and loved it." Jan. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1975 and was named Susan after my mother's favorite aunt. Growing up I was called Susie. I changed the spelling of Susie so many times, "Suzy" to "Suzi" to "Siouxsie" (from Siouxsie and the Banshees") and finally to "Soozie" in college. Childhood friends and relatives call me Soozie, friends from High School call me Sue and when I got my first professional job I went by Susan (who's going to take a "Soozie" serious). I love it! It's grown and sexy! I hope it makes a come back!!!" Aug. 24, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Susan. I have never been called Sue or Susie and never really wanted to be. Growing up there were two other girls in school named Susan, and I never realized that the name had been popular way back in the 50s. As I started working in the professional world it occurred to me that everyone I met who was named Susan was at least 15 to 20 years older than I was. I would love to see some girls being named Susan these days." Aug. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I get a lot of respect with the name. No one could make fun of it growing up. My relatives call me Susie, friends call me Sue and professionals call me Susan. I knew tons of Susan's in school but seldom meet them now. If I do they usually go by Sue. I like its versatility. It can be sexy, professional, cute, fun, athletic and fits all personalities." Jun. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was in a class of 6 Susans and at the time did not like it, then in a conversation about names with a Suzy and a Stig, Stig said that Susan was an incredibly sensual name. I've never minded it since then!" Nov. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Susan, born in 1961. Growing up there was always at least two or three of us per class, though as an adult I have never met another one. At age 12 I insisted on being called Sue. Never Susie [the mean girl across the street was Susie]. Only my mother and my husband call me Susan. I have never had my name misspelled. My grandfather called me shu-shu, other than that my name has never been contorted into a nickname. Probably because I go by Sue and that's pretty short as it is! I have never dis-liked my name. I find it feminine without the little-girly "ie" or "a" ending." Jul. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "In was born in 1973 and my name is Susan I do love my name it's better than the common name Suzanne. I do not like being called Sue or Susie but do like Sue's. I was the only Susan in my grade and going thru my school years. Now I work with atleast 5 Susan's and I am the youngest Susan at work. It's not a common name anymore but one day it will be." May. 13, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and I love it. I'm called Suzy. I changed the spelling from Susie (my parents spelling) to Suzy because I thought the model Suzy Parker was gorgeous!" Nov. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Susan, but I am called Suzy. When I was about 12, I changed the spelling of my name from Susie to Suzy to honor Suzy Parker, the glorious model. I was never a Sue, however. I think Susan beats Madison by a hundred miles, I mean no disrespect!...." Mar. 3, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name now, even though it seemed so boring when I was a kid. My brother's name is John & we used to give our parents heck because "Every Johnny & Susie..." is what some people say to mean "whoever". Susan is quite uncommon, really, since most girl names end with either an "ee" sound or an "a" sound. I don't mind being called Sue, but Susie is only allowed from my aunties or someone who knew me as a child - from anyone else I find it condescending." Jan. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it!! Wish more people had it now as I think it could be a timeless name. Better than being called Apple etc....." Jan. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Dad was serving overseas when I was born in 1943, and had hopes of naming me Constance or Gretchen! Mom's wishes prevailed, and I was christened Susan! Whether being called Susan, Susie, or, Sue-Sue, I have loved my name all these years! Hoping a granddaughter will one day be given my name!" May. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is susan...I love it..think it is a pretty feminine name and not a common name. Mostly called Sue, have been called susie on occasion, but dont mind. Rather have this name than some of the "weird" names people have named their kids who have to kive with those names!" Feb. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! My grandma's name was Susie Mae. Thank God my mom and dad named me Susan Claire-- we have that two-name southern thing going on. My Uncle used to tease me (in around 1962 or 1963) by singing that song, "Susie Q, oh Susie Q. Oh Susie Q, baby I love you, Susie Q." It made me giggle, and feel so special. Still, as I said, Susan is better than Susie." Jan. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "A really pretty name! Feminine but also confident and spunky. It's a classic that will wear really well, and any child named this will never have to be known as Susan A. (or whatever). Though it actually wouldn't surprise me if the name made a big comeback in the next 10 or 15 years." Dec. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "its an amazing name! my name is suzan and i love it- no one has it though unless they are old, so its not like jessica cause thats too common" Jan. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan is such a pretty, feminine name; one of my favourites. One of my friends from university days is named Susan, and she's beautiful on the inside and the outside, so if I ever have a daughter I'll probably call her Susan." Sep. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1954...the time of "Susan"! I've always been called Susan and disliked Susie. In high school, I remember a class with 5 classmates with variations of the name Susan. Now, if I meet a Susan, I can just about guess her age!!" Aug. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey! My names Susan too! and unlike most people i was born in 1993 and i love my name. While growing up i'm called Susie and Susie Q but i like both. I hate being called Sue i can't stand it and my name is Susan not Suzanne so try to say it right!:D" May. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Okay, I know only one more Susan around my age and I am a Susan but the most Susans I know are older than me. I am named after a dead relative for it. I get called a lot of nicknames: Sue, Suzie, Suzie Q, Susana, Suzanne, or just Susan. I really don't mind being called Susan in a different language because it means the same thing and does kind of add more nicknames. Of course Suzie and Suzie Q I have out grown but if little kids call me Suzie I don't mind." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan and I like my name. :-) I was born in '72, so I've met some other Susans, but not a tremendous amount. It seems to have lost popularity, though I recently met someone who named their baby Susan (after themselves). Most people will automatically call me Sue, which is fine with me. My closest friends and family call me Susie... I love hearing my little nieces and nephews call me "Aunt Susie". Well, I think it is a fine name and always liked it. When I was a kid, I was proud to have such a patriotic name... sUSAn Also....LOTS of songs have the name Susan, which I always thought was very cool. So go ahead and consider it..bring back the popularity!" Mar. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name - a great name. I was born in 1972 when the name was a little less popular, but there always seems to be a Susan, Suzanne, Susanna, Suzy, or Sue around. Growing up I went by Susie, but now as a professional I use Susan. My mother always felt it was a strong name for a woman. My favorite nickname, which my grandfather always called me, is the old fashioned "Sukey" - I could see that one making a comeback...classic but a little quirky too." Mar. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am names Susan for my maternal great grandmother Susie. Somehow my parents thought Susan would be better than Susie. To that I agree. Born in 1958, there are always a few other Susans in every gathering of women my age." Feb. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Susan and I have always loved that name - even though I know lots of Susans 0r some variation of Susan!" Oct. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan is my sister's name and I think it's gorgeous! We call her Susie which is just so cool." Apr. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Susan is very elegant. Only certain people are able to carry this name and do it properly." Feb. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It was my great grandmother's name. It is a classic. It has cute nicknames as well. I was born in the seventies and I only rarely meet people my age with this name. The only draw back is that it is often mispronounced and mispelled SUZANNE. I hate that! To me, the "Z" ruins this name. It sounds more like a stripper's name than a classic beauty's name." Jan. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I think that my whole name fist well together. If you transalate my name it mean "gracious lily of the forest" :D I think it is way cool! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D" Sep. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it - It's my name and I've always loved my name." Sep. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is pronnounced/spelt wright 95% of the time for me. you say it like soosan. i know many people with the name susan. i like it alot. some people say suzanne but its really susan as in soosan" Jun. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sister's name. Never mispronounced, always nicknameable, Sue, Suz, Susie, S." Mar. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "Hate it. Always hated it, always will. I think it is ugly. I, too, think my parents lacked taste an imagination. I get called Susie by family, Susan in professional circles and Marie by my husband. I prefer Marie" Apr. 16, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met a stupid person named susan once, and i'll never be the same again. She ruined my life, even more than my 2nd wife. She took my kids from me almost like karen, but swiftly. I hate everyone with this name because my sister had a doll named susan and she is now a serial killer. PLEASE DON"T NAME YOUR KID SUSAN for all of our sakes." Jun. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm 21 years old and i don't like my name at all it's really outdated and doesn't suit my at all" Mar. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hated my name because there where always at least 2 or 3 Susan's in my classes when I was in school." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never liked the name. My name has always sounded so formal. Most have called me Sue or Susie. I keep running into people from my generation named Susan also. Most of them like the name, I never liked my name." Apr. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a little girl born in 2001 who was given this family name. But unless it's a family name, I would never use it." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Old! It's my mother-n-law's!! What do you think!?!" Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      28 Neutral Comments

  • "It is awful and it makes people treat me with contempt." Oct. 18, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Susan, the 5th child of 14. Born in 1957 I had many school friends named Susan as well. We were quite a group of best pals because of the shared name. It was like we were the smartest, prettiest girls in school. As an adult I have always loved my name in it's pure form, Susan. To shorten it to Sue or Susie is disrespectful to me. Although my closest family members are allowed to refer to me as Susie, I prefer Susan. In a family with 8 other female siblings, I have the strongest name." Jun. 1, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1958.My mother is Italian-American and wanted to name me the Italian version, Asunta after her sister. My father nixed it and they went with Susan. I prefer to go by Sue but my legal name - work email etc is Susan so people call me both - Sue or Susan and both are fine with me. Never Susie, just don't like it. My grandmother called me Suze. Always one or two others through HS, not so many anymore." Jun. 21, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born 1964 l was born, never had a problem with my name. A strong name even though a lilly is delicate. I hate Suzy." Dec. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 1958 Susan who has always said "noone has been named since since the early 60s". I appreciate seeing the graph above which demonstrates I was not far off! It is good to see some Susans have been named since. I love my name. I can tell those who listen to me when I introduce myself as Susan (and if I like them I later will say, please, call me Sue), and those who are intuitive enough to know that I actually like to be called Susie. It is a formal name that can be familiar that quickly. I've only known 1 person who said Susan in a way that made my skin crawl, otherwise I like the sound of my name. It is a lovely name that is shared by many lovely women." Sep. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Named after Susan Hayward in 1951. We adopted a baby named Susan so I began to use sue which I don?t like but I hated being called Big Susan & my daughter Little Susan. As my daughter became a teen her friends called her Sue so we were back to Big Susan & Little Susan so then I went back to Susan. I am now Nana & she is Susan. My mother called me Sooz. I use the name Sooznana as a user name and I love it. I only know one a few Susans. I like the name." Apr. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don?t really care about my name. Though people believe it?s quite fitting for my personality. Honestly, search up the urban dictionary definition, and I fit the first result." Nov. 25, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan and I love it. It?s timeless and classy. The cute version Susie was what I was called when I was little and I like it too. I named my daughter Susan as well. When the birth certificate person came to my room after having my daughter she said she loved the name because no one is using it." Jun. 16, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan and I was born in 1954. There were four other Susans in my grammar school and when I got to high school there were probably another 20 or so. What I can't stand is when I introduce myself (always Susan) people immediately say, "nice to meet you, Sue." Did I say my name was Sue? No, and I hate being called Sue." Oct. 21, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think my name is a very strong name there have been many Susan who have a lot of recognition for women especially in the old days. Susan was a sexy name in the seventies and eighties and even the nineties There are so many names that I here when people are trying to get my attention like Susie Q and Swoozie and other not so endearing names. I find that Susan is quite eloquent" May. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan, born in the 50s. I have always been called Sue or Susie. I think I will start introducing myself as Susan now instead of Sue, as there are a lot of Sues and Susies my age." Aug. 18, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really dislike my name. Susan is a boring common name." Dec. 7, 2015: Report as inappropriate


  • "I am a Susan ... I was a 1980s child and have never met a Susan my age. In all of my school years there was no other Susan. In my year in high school there were 7 vanessas' . I love my name, I have served in the military and work as a prosecutor. People assume I am much older before they meet me face to face." Aug. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "The most interesting thing about the name Susan is that it is so associated with the 1950s and 1960s. Growing up my class at school had five other Susans in it. I rarely meet someone named Susan who is under 40. I was called Susie growing up. Family and close friends still call me Susie. Today parents want their children to have names that are more unique and "Susan" is considered a bit too ordinary. But perhaps it will come back into fashion!" Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm not the biggest fan of this name although its wearing a little better as I get older (1980's child). I'm generally called Sue or Susie but new people I meet often start calling me Sarah. WHich is funny as that's what my parents had decided on right up to my Christening day. Result being, my best friends now call me SarahSue!" Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I jokingly say there was an article in Good Housekeeping in the early '50s suggesting Moms everywhere name their daughters Susan and really mess them up... Way too many of us, so I changed mine." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan Elaine. I was born in 1964. My mom called me Susie, my father and most everyone else in school called me Sue. I hated it. After I left home, I always introduced myself as Susan. Now I'm ok with it, but have always wished I had a more intriguing name." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is susan as well and as growing up i used to no when i was in trouble cause my parents would use say my name susan instead of sue..My old school friends to this day still call me susan i'm damm sure they do it to torment me as they did for years in school they do no i prefer sue or suzzie." Mar. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a susan and people alwayyyys call me susanna.. silly really isnt it u other susans..! :) i like peanut butter.. and i help my parents on the farm milking the cows every now and then..! FARM 4 LIFE..!" Jan. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Far too many of us (I was born 1960's). Wish my parents had had more imagination!" Jan. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan. I really didn't like my name when I was growing up because it was such a common name. In elementary school there were 6 of us named Susan in a class of 20. Whenever I heard my name called I wasn't sure it was for me or another one of many Susan's. Now that I'm older, I like my name. It goes well with my married name & I'm often told what a nice name I have. Also, there aren't as many Susan's surrounding me at work or play as there were when I was a child." May. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my mothers name although she prefers to be called Sue" Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi there are many people out there that are called susan. I m not ashamed of my name coz i quite like it. People call me sue tho. I dont normally get called by my full name." Dec. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. it's boring, and I have always wished for a slightly more exciting name. People always call me "Sarah" when they forget my name. Sigh." Sep. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone knows "Susan"! - rarely do people spell it wrong except if they think it is "Suzanne" or "Suzie" I do like the name." May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Susan. I was born in 1965. When I was a kid, there were always at least two other "Susans" in the class. It was a pain." May. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Susan is a kinda blah name to have - I always had at least two other Susan in every gathering" Dec. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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